Boardman Dam Removal Project Reaches Final Stages

The US Army Corps of Engineers are about finished with their project to remove the dams along the Boardman River.

Wednesday the Corps was open for contractors and media to discuss their current projects in the region, including the new Soo Locks construction and the Boardman Dam removal.

This spring, construction will continue as they finish up building river banks and landscaping but principal work to remove the dams are done.

The new look river will now allow fish to run upstream to spawn and boost the fishing in the area while also creating a recreation area where water used to stand behind the dams.

“Both impoundments are gone, so you will have that visual change there,” says project manager Paul Powell,  “The river’s back to its historic river channel. You’ll see lots of trees that will grow up where there used to be water and now you’ve got 270 miles of river that’s been open for canoeing, recreation, hiking and biking.”

The dams are gone but work will continue on the fish passages…trying new ways to make sure only the right kind of fish can make it up stream.